EAST ELMHURST, Queens — An officer at Rikers Island has been charged with raping an inmate and smuggling drugs into the prison, making her the 26th correction staffer to be arrested in the city since 2014, investigators said.
Correction Officer Nicole Bartley, 30, of the Bronx, faces a flew of charges in connection with the alleged misbehavior.
She was arrested Saturday and charged with third-degree rape, sexual misconduct, official misconduct, promoting prison contraband, criminal possession of marijuana, and attempted promoting prison contraband, according to the city Department of Investigation.
A drug-sniffing dog named Gunner was standing guard Saturday at the gate of the George R. Vierno Center on Rikers Island for the 5 a.m. shift change. When Bartley reported to work, the dog picked up a scent on her and though she did not have drugs on her person, investigators said they found some 70 grams of marijuana at her home in the Bronx.
Prosecutors said that marijuana was meant for an inmate at Rikers with whom she was having a sexual relationship, which, under New York State law, the inmate could not consent to while inside the jail.
Bartley began her time with the corrections department in May 2014. Because of the arrest, she will be suspended, officials said. It’s not clear if that suspension will include pay.
Bronx County District Attorney Darcel D. Clark said Bartley’s alleged behavior “erodes the public’s trust in our civil servants, and tarnishes the hardworking officers in our city jails. Such corrupt and indecent actions contribute to the troubling conditions on Rikers Island, and undermine safety and security there.”